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or destalinization

[dee-stah-luh-nuh-zey-shuh n, -stal-uh-] /diˌstɑ lə nəˈzeɪ ʃən, -ˌstæl ə-/
the policy, pursued in most Communist areas and among most Communist groups after 1956, of eradicating the memory or influence of Stalin and Stalinism, as by alteration of governmental policies or the elimination of monuments, place names, etc., named for Stalin.
Origin of de-Stalinization
1955-60; de-Stalinize + -ation Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for de-Stalinization


the elimination of the influence of Stalin
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de-Stalinization in Culture
de-Stalinization [(dee-stah-luh-nuh-zay-shuhn)]

An effort after the death of the Soviet premier Joseph Stalin to soften some of the repressive measures used by his government. Premier Nikita Khrushchev was a leader in the de-Stalinization movement, which involved the downgrading of Stalin's reputation.

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